Head-To-Head Contrast: Accel Entertainment (NYSE:ACEL) vs. Shoal Games (OTCMKTS:SGLDF)

Accel Entertainment (NYSE:ACEL) and Shoal Games (OTCMKTS:SGLDF) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

37.6% of Accel Entertainment shares are owned by institutional investors. 19.5% of Accel Entertainment shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.4% of Shoal Games shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Accel Entertainment and Shoal Games’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Accel Entertainment -6.52% -5.46% -1.00%
Shoal Games -2,254.74% -234.49% -184.41%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Accel Entertainment and Shoal Games’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Accel Entertainment $424.39 million 2.31 -$5.86 million ($0.09) -116.67
Shoal Games $110,000.00 174.14 -$2.59 million N/A N/A

Shoal Games has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Accel Entertainment.

Volatility and Risk

Accel Entertainment has a beta of 1.33, meaning that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Shoal Games has a beta of 0.26, meaning that its share price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Accel Entertainment and Shoal Games, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Accel Entertainment 0 1 0 0 2.00
Shoal Games 0 0 0 0 N/A

Accel Entertainment presently has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.29%. Given Accel Entertainment’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Accel Entertainment is more favorable than Shoal Games.


Accel Entertainment beats Shoal Games on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Accel Entertainment Company Profile

Accel Entertainment, Inc. operates as a distributed gaming operator in the United States. It is involved in the installation, maintenance, and operation of video game terminals (VGTs); redemption devices that disburse winnings and contain ATM functionality; and other amusement devices in authorized non-casino locations, such as restaurants, bars, taverns, convenience stores, liquor stores, truck stops, and grocery stores. It also operates stand-alone ATMs in gaming and non-gaming locations. As of June 30, 2020, the company operated 11,108 video gaming terminals across 2,335 locations in the State of Illinois. Accel Entertainment, Inc. is headquartered in Burr Ridge, Illinois.

Shoal Games Company Profile

Shoal Games Ltd. develops and sells consumer mobile software products and games in Anguilla and internationally. It focuses on the development and marketing of a platform of interactive games for families and children. The company's products include Rooplay, a platform of educational and entertainment games; Garfield's Bingo, a bingo game; and Trophy Bingo, live through mobile platforms. The company was formerly known as Bingo.com, Ltd. and changed its name to Shoal Games Ltd. in January 2015. Shoal Games Ltd. was founded in 1987 and is based in The Valley, Anguilla.

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